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    September 28, 2012
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and we're going to begin this morning with the red line. israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu has told the united nation that's the world has until next summer to stop iran from building a nuclear weapon. the white house reacted by saying the u.s. shares israel's goal of stopping of that happening but so far it has refused to set an ult made yum. danielle lee reports. >> reporter: from a fight over the west bank to fears over i n iran's nuclear program, benjamin netanyahu spoke under pressure before the united nations. >> today a great battle is being waged. >> reporter: just one day after iran's president mahmoud ahmadinejad accused israel and the west of intimidation, netanyahu ran a new ultimatum against the controversial nuclear program. >> a red line should be drawn
right here, before -- before iran completes the second stage of nuclear enrichment necessary to make a bomb. >> reporter: israel and the west suspect iran is trying to build a nuclear weapon and fear the impact on the region. but so far diplomatic efforts to stop eye ron ran who calls the program peaceful have been uk unsuccessful. he spoke directly to the palestinian president mahmoud abbas. >> we won't solve our conflict with libelist speeches at the u.n. >> just minutes before he asked the u.n. to upgrade the status with the world body. >> translator: to assert the state that must be realized that is palestine. >> reporter: the change will allow palestine to pursue the international court as they battle over the west bank. >> translator: our people have become fixed targets for acts of killing and abuse. >> reporter: continuing conflicts, both that will likely
require the continue assistance of the u.n. i'm danielle lee, nbc news. as both presidential candidates make their way across battleground states, a new nbc news/"wall street journal" poll shows president obama leading mitt romney in new hampshire. they're neck and neck in nevada and north carolina. tracie potts joins us in washington with more on this. good morning. >> reporter: as we've seen in polls earlier in the week, president obama seems to have a healthy lead in states like ohio and even florida. but in others, it's much closer. >> just getting elected will help. >> reporter: mitt romney's message to donors last night as polls show a tight race in nevada and north carolina. romney's only two points behind president obama there. but seven points behind in new hampshire. >> now your job is in danger. >> reporter: both sides came out swinging with new campaign ads thursday. >> if i could sit down with you in your living room or around the kitchen table, here's what
i'd say -- >> reporter: what he said in virginia beach was something new, something he calls economic patriotism. >> an economic patriotism rooted in the belief that growing our economy begins with a strong and thriving middle class. >> reporter: romney also in virginia told veterans the nation's debt is more than just numbers on paper. >> trillion dollar deficits. that debt is owned by somebody. someone holds that. that puts america in a position of economic risk. >> reporter: but even supporters are split on how romney can win this race. >> there is more fire in the belly. >> he needs to stick with the facts. it's all about the economy. >> reporter: more than half the country already started voting days before the first presidential debate. more numbers now. gallup is reporting the president's approval rating is sticking at 50%. and this could turn out to be his best month in a year. >> tracie potts for us in washington. thank you. last night on the rachel madow show bill burton talked to
racel about the impact or lack thereof super packs are having on the romney campaign. >> on the republican side, the story they tell about mitt romney is there is no story about mitt romney. the story they tell about barack obama is well he's always bad things. if you're trying to figure out well what is it that -- what's the strategy here? how are we trying to win this race? it's more difficult on their side. that's why they're so inefficient with their money. spending is a wreck. message is all over the place. that's why they're not having as big an impact and people thought they would. >> don't miss the unique take on politics and all the top stories on the rachel madow show at 9:00 eastern, the place for politics. here's your "first look" at the other news going on around today. in utah, a dramatic rescue for a young deer that got trapped in a man hole earlier this week. poor guy. officers used a climbing rope to
lasso the spooked animal and hoist it to safety. the deer was then released back into the wild. all right. beer drinkers may want to turn away for a moment. cases and cases of beer went flying on to a colorado highway from an overturned semi that took a turn too quickly. the stretch of highway was closed for three hours while crews cleaned up the big mess and set the truck upright. the driver suffered minor injuries. and finally, the big apple is planning to add another big tourist attraction. there it is. new york city officials release an artist rendering of a 625 foot ferris wheel. it will overlook the city skyline from staten island and carry over 1400 passengers at a time at a cost of $230 million, the ride is expected to be the largest in the world and is slated to begin turning in 2015. and now for a look at your national weather, we turn to
bill karins. he has your weather channel forecast. good morning to you, bill. we're going to add a new segment. you have to tell us the weather that high up. to a niche audience. >> a little bit windier. >> i would imagine so. happy friday. >> happy friday you to. a little rainy throughout new england this morning. actually improve over the weekend. it's going to rain, let it happen on a friday, work and school day. the weekend will clear out a little bit. the rain is heaviest now moving through the hudson valley of new york, just north of new york city and pushing through the birkshires and central connecticut. down towards philadelphia and d.c., there are scattered showers here. maybe a quick down pour or two. they're going to be isolated and move out in a hurry. the rain up here in new england is going to be more of a steady rain through your morning commute, especially the mass pike and 95 through connecticut and then the new york state thruway. how do we look as we head towards the weekend? the story we're dealing with now in new england is leaving us. it should clear out. there is another storm lingering
in the northern great lakes. you could have scattered showers any time. the other significant weather event is in texas where we desperately need the rainfall, you're going to get it this weekend. hopefully it won't rain out too many fall plans. we're watching that rain developing today and as we go into tonight and saturday. how much rain are we talking about? the most significant rains are to the south. looks like san antonio, houston, southward down through brownsville area and then by saturday, some of this will try to move to new orleans. the heaviest is off the coast. you look at today's forecast, rain develops in texas and then gets worse as the evening progresses. the rain moves out of new england during the day to day. the rest of the country is looking nice. you this have a pretty gorgeous weekend. i'll have that forecast coming up. also coming up, spain cuts back. blackberry bounces and zagat stacks up your favorite fast food. burgers for breakfast anyone? your first look at business headlines is straight ahead. coming up, the referees are
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welcome back to "first look." here's the top stories this morning. a gunman opened fire inside a minneapolis sign company thursday killing four people and wounding four others before taking his own life. the minneapolis "star tribune" reports the gunman was a disgruntled former employee. the aclu claims there's been a 64% jump in the justice department's use of electronic surveillance on americans. just since 2009. and they say it's being done without warrants. the government says it only does what the courts allow. the producer of the anti-muslim film that infuriated muslims around the world has been arrested, not for the movie but an alleged probation violation from a check fraud conviction which could mean
prison. actor johnny lewis who appeared in the tv show "sons of anarchy" was found dead thursday in los angeles. he was suspected in the killing of an 81-year-old woman who may have been his landlord. lewis who once dated katie pind fell or jumped off a roof. and nasa is looking at these new photographs from mars that show pebbles rounded off. scientists say it may be a sign that water once flowed on the red planet, possibly enough to fill a stream. now here's a look at "scrambled politics." nbc's michael is could have is reporting that the republican national committee fired a firm used to sign up voters in five battleground states. this after election officials in florida discovered more than 100 voter registration forms that appeared to have fake signatures and home addresses. some traced back to a gas station, a medical building and
car dealer. missouri republican todd ache akin who has come under fire for his legitimate rape comment is coming under fire again. he said that the incumbent was not as ladylike in her debate last week compared to her previous campaign. billionaire george soros will give $1 million behind the super pac for president obama's campaign. rupert murdoch joined the wrong political party. a spokesman tells cranes new york business that the news corp ceo known for supporting israel accidentally registered with the new york independent party, a fringe group linked to anti-semitic remarks. he says he plans to reregister as unaffiliated. the endst nfl referee lockout wasn't just the result of monday night's game. the refs top labor negotiator
says that pressure from president obama and mitt romney helped make the difference. and does beer help shape your politics? a research firm claims those who enjoy sam adams are more likely to vote republican. hin kin is preferred by democrats and bud light drinkers tend not to have any strong political views. i drink all three. and that's your morning dish of "scrambled politics." and here's your first look at how wall street is going to kick off the day. the dow closed at 13,485 after adding 72 points yesterday. the s&p 500 gained 13. the nasdaq climbed 42. taking a look at overseas trading this morning, tokyo, the nikkei dropped 79 points. in hong kong, the hang seng was up 78. aggressive budget cutting from one of europe's troubled economies did help wall street snap the losing streak yesterday. spain's finance minister announced $51 billion in budget cuts yesterday hoping to
convince the world it can meet its fiscal targets. that news helped gold continue its recent climb towards its biggest quarterly gain in two years. earlier, mixed economic data failed to impress investors and initial jobless claims hit a two month low. the final talley on second quarter gdp was lower than expected. after the bell, battered blackberry maker research in motion reported a smaller than expected quarterly loss. shares soared in late trade. discover also got after hours boost from upbeat earnings. nike, however, stumbles thanks to weak demand in china. earlier, apple drove teches and the nasdaq higher. ge, part owner of this network, hit a four-year high after predicting a 10% rise in industrial revenue. tempeurpedic will buy sealy for $229 million. heineken won a battle with asia pacific breweries for the tiger
beermak beermaker. california governor jerry brown signed twin bills yesterday blocking universities and employers from requiring applicants to give up e-mail or social media passwords. finally, zagat is out with the 2012 fast food survey results. the winner is five guys for best hamburgers. starbucks for best coffee and mcdonald's for best fries. and most popular mega chains, subway and wendy's took first place. now we have you all hungry, coming up in sports, the rangers clinch, a record nine in a row and no relief for hockey fans. plus, fans at citi field witnessed what could be the greatest grab of the season. your first look at sports is just ahead.
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nah. [ dennis' voice ] i bet he's got an allstate agent. they can save you up to 30% more by bundling your policies. well his dog's stupid. [ dennis' voice ] poodles are one of the world's smartest breeds. are you in good hands? welcome back to "first look." in sports, the players at last night's baltimore cleveland games were not the only ones being cheered on. here's nbc's fred roggin. good morning. never in the history of sports have referees felt so welcomed. the referees made their return, given a standing ovation and cheered on every poll. the game got off to a bruising star. josh cribbs returned the punt. look out. leveled by two players, lost his helmet and was out like a light. remained out for several
minutes. he got out under his own power and walked off the field. baltimore gave cleveland headaches all night. joe flacco to torrey smith, an 18-yard strike. the past decade the ravens had one of the best defenses in the league and here is why. kerry williams picked off weedon, 65 yards the other way, baltimore went on to win it. the players have been locked out for 13 days in the nhl and yesterday the league canceled the preseason. the two sides meet today in new york. baseball, rangers play-off bound, beat oakland to clinch the al west. a home run and three rbis. they won it 9-7. then you have the white sox in the middle of a late september collapse. evan longoria and the rays won it 3-2. the sox dropped 8 of 9. chicago's loss is detroit's game. doug fister made american league history, struck out nine
straight. tigers held on to win it 5-4. and finally, the mets r.a. dickie picked up the 20th win of the year. everybody is talking about travis snyder. a shot deep to ride. snyder tracked it down. scaled the fence like spiderman and made the grab. cool, calm and collected. snyder hauled it in. that is not only the catch of the day, that is the catch of the year. that's your "first look" at sports. have a great weekend. i'm fred roggin. and now for another look at your weather, here is bill karins with our favorite forecast. that is our weekend. >> it is. so happy is the weekend coming up. today we're dealing with a rainy morning throughout all of new england. this shield of green is just an area of rain from albany down through the hudson valley and connecticut and massachusetts. you're going to deal with that for your morning commute. more hit and miss showers later in the day. the worst of it is definitely this morning in areas of new england. late this afternoon and another chance of showers around philadelphia and also washington, d.c. the other area of rain developing, late today in texas and then through the weekend
through south texas and northern gulf coast. you're going to deal with areas of rain. gorgeous throughout much of the northern half of the country. no problems west coast looks dry, too. so saturday, we will see showers still in boston. but the rest of the mid-atlantic should be just fine. then by the time we get to sunday, really the heaviest rain is along the gulf coast. cleared out even in new england for a nice sunday. >> like that. bill, thanks so much. coming up, a reality star defends the nail polish that costs more than some home. this is unbelievable. plus, animated monsters scare up some laugh tez bs at the box of this weekend. your first look at entertainment is next. [ ow
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the strike is over. the nfl referees signed an eight year contract which means no more replacement refs! [ applause ] you know, those guys made a lot of bad calls. not all of them were bad. in fact, let's take a look back at all the calls the nfl replacement refs actually got right. >> false start. >> there you go. >> that was a very good call. >> tonight jimmy welcomes ice t from "law & order," justin kirk from "animal practice" and hunter hayes, a favorite around here. that is "late night with jimmy fallon." all right, time now for some entertainment news. it's the weekend. let's check out the box office. an animated film about a vampire inn keeper is expected to suck the life out of its rivals.
it's about a high end hotel operated by dracula. it's expected to pull in $28 million to $38 million. >> so a time traveling hitman and bruce willis is the hitman. >> good reviews. >> analyst who's are experts say it should land in the high teen millions. and prospect for the education drama "won't back down" aren't as good. it may gross in the $5 million range. elsewhere, it is a boy for reese witherspoon and her talent agent husband who married last year. congratulations to them. cool name here, tennessee james. he's named after witherspoon's home state. >> that sounds like a country song. >> and lil wayne has overtaken elvis presley's record for a top 100 hits. a record that stood uncontested. all right. here's a talker.
kelly osborne apology for a manicure. it is a $250 nail polish made of crushed diamonds, $250,000, can you imagine? >> i mean, i have that just in my back pocket. >> you wish. i'm lynn berry. "way too early" is next. secretary of defense leon panetta becomes the latest administration officials to admit that last month's embassy attacks in libya were, in fact, carried out by terrorists. meantime, the fbi agents dispatched to the country to investigate, say, they can't get near the crime scene due to "near total lack of security." the question is, could the obama administration have done more to prevent the attacks? at the united nations, israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu calls iran a nuclear ticking time bomb and makes his
case for aggressive action by showing what can best be described as one of those bombs from the cartoons. the question is, if iran crosses bb's red line, could an israeli military strike thb year's october surprise? finally, the boys are back in town. just one day after reaching a deal with the nfl, the real refs return to work on thursday night as heroes. getting a standing ovation from the crowd in baltimore. the question is, how long do we have to wait before we can start blaming the referees again for our losing teams? i'm only asking because the jets do play on sunday. it is "way too early" for this. good morning, everybody. i'm brian sullivan in for willy on this friday. this is "way too early" the show i'm finding considers a 3:00 a.m. wakeup call to be its own form of unnecessar